Senecio cineraria DC.

Dusty Miller

Small shrub to 50 cm tall, hairy. Stems much-branched. Leaves ovate to narrowovate, to 15 cm long, to 7 cm wide, margins toothed or divided, becoming glabrous above, densely white-hairy below. Capitula radiate, many in compound corymbs, to 1 cm across, on short stalks; summer. Ray florets yellow. Disk florets yellow. [S. maritimus Koidz., S. bicolor (Willd.) Tod.]

Western and central Mediterranean


S. pectinatus DC. from SE Australia is a rosetted alpine herb with deeply lobed leaves, radiate capitula to 3 cm across on long bracteate stalks and yellow ray florets.

Source: Lawson, L.; Spencer, R. (2002). Dahlia. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Senecio cineraria 'Cirrus'

Leaves shallowly lobed rather than finely divided.

Senecio cineraria 'Silverdust'

Compact habit with finely divided leaves.